Why I Vaccinate My Kids

Most of you know me—if you know me at all—as a pediatrician. But I’m a parent, too, just like you. I have three fantastic girls that I love dearly. Let’s talk. My first daughter was born before I knew anything about medicine. She has taught me more than I could have imagined. I’ve watched as […]

Introducing Foods: The Confused Parent’s Guide

If you’re confused about starting solid foods with your baby, you are not alone. Parents run into a lot of different answers—on the internet, from friends or family, and even at the pediatrician’s office. Trying to decide what to believe can be overwhelming. So I wanted to take some time to go through some of […]

Quick Tips for Back-to-School Success

The new school year is just around the corner (or maybe it’s already started where you live). Either way, here are a few quick tips to make sure you start the year off right: Sleep is key—poor or insufficient sleep can have significant effects on school performance. Many of us (myself included) let our children […]

Zika (what a parent needs to know)

Just last week, the CDC reported the first cases of Zika virus that were transmitted by mosquitoes in the United States. As of today, there have been a total of 15 cases identified in patients in Miami, FL. While Zika’s migration to the United States comes as no surprise, as the CDC has been monitoring […]

Keep Your Kids From Drowning

Summertime is a great opportunity to develop family memories and enjoy time with your kids, but it presents some real risks as well. This is a topic that is of particular importance to me because of a personal experience that I had last year, as well as a number of patients I have cared for […]

Watch What You Plant

(what we don't know about vaginal seeding)

Move over, placenta eating–there’s a new player on the newborn scene, and its name is vaginal seeding. In case this practice hasn’t crossed your radar yet, it’s a practice involving transferring bacteria from a mother’s vagina to a newborn who was delivered by C-section. Before you stop reading because you think that sounds gross, remember […]

Once again…vaccines do not cause autism. (Really.)

Through some unfortunate and seemingly diabolical sequence of events, Andrew Wakefield has found his way back into the spotlight, this time in the form of a documentary to be screened at the Tribeca film festival. The film, Vaxxed: From Coverup to Catastrophe, brings back the debunked claim that vaccines cause autism. And airing this film […]